While, of course, everything should be done for the kiddies, this is a bit much.
The new rules, part of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, will come into force on Monday.
In some countries, possessing indecent images of children is not illegal, or the age of consent is lower than 16.
The Home Office said British police would work with their counterparts abroad to bring offenders to account.
Current laws provide powers to prosecute for sex offences abroad only when they are illegal in that country.
The age of consent here in Portugal is 14. So someone could be prosecuted in the UK for something which is legal here? (Just to set minds at rest, no, this law isn\’t the reason I\’m here.)
Aren\’t we rather extending the law a little beyond the boundaries of the UK\’s territory here? Rather like people complain (rightly to my mind) about the way that the US does the same?
And would we like it if other countries started to do the same? There are countries where adulterers are subject to the death penalty: much as I dislike David Mellor I\’m really not certain that I\’d want the Saudi\’s to be able to behead him if he went avisiting.
Doesn\’t it also rather breach one of the basics of the legal code? That you can only be tried for things that were in fact a crime at the time and place they were committed?
Or does the fact that it\’s for the kiddies trump all such considerations?